IBM Page Detailer Basic
Ever wanted to know exactly where the bottle neck is when trying to access your website? If so, then IBM page Detailer basic is a cool little utility that you'll find interesting. What IBM Page Detailer Basic does is latch on to the sockets layer of your TCP/IP stack, and then listens for appropriate data from your browser. Once the page is loaded IBM Page Detailer Basic will output several graphs that give you a very detailed view of how the web page loads into your browser. From this it is very easy to get a good idea of where the bottlenecks are that are preventing your website from loading as it should be, and ultimately it enables you to increase the end user experience which can only be a good thing.
IBM Page Detailer Basic is very simple to use, just run it and then open your browser and use it as normal. As the web page is loaded into your browser, IBM Page Detailer Basic will catch this data and then graph it. An example of the default graph can be seen below where items are organised in chronological order to how they are loaded into the browser.
Clicking on the details button at the bottom of the page will list each individual item with associated details as can be seen in figure 2 below. By default this includes the total time taken to completely deliver the item, the item size, and a small colour coded bar graph that gives you a easy to read break down of the details of that items delivery. This small bar graph by default shows host resolution time, connect time, server response time and item delivery time.
With IBM Page Detailer Basic you are also able to add additional columns to your report, giving you very granular control to what information you are able to obtain as can be seen below in figure 3.
For even further text based details on each item, you are able to double click on any one of them and a new window will open up giving you a wealth of information from a very low level as can be seen in figure 4.